Vegan Nacho Cheese sauce pouring from a spoon into a white bowl.

Vegan Nacho Cheese

An all-time favorite simple cashew-based Nacho Cheese sauce that is creamy, rich, and totally addictive!  Pleases Vegans and non-vegans alike!  
Course cheese
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan nacho cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 61kcal


  • 2 cups water divided
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 oz canned pimientos or 1/4 C.
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch may also use Tapioca Flour/Starch but increase amount by 1 Tbsp.
  • 2 Tbsp vegan margarine/butter optional
  • 1 Tbsp white or light miso paste
  • 1.5 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch cayenne pepper


  • Rinse cashews under hot running water for several minutes or soak in HOT water for 5 minutes and then rinse.
  • Place rinsed cashews in blender.  Add 1 cup of the water and all other remaining ingredients and blend on high until completely smooth.
  • Add second cup of water and pour mixture into a med size pot.
  • Whisk over med heat until thickened, about 8 minutes. Watch closely to avoid burning.
  • Voila! Dip chips, serve as a side for baked potatoes, drizzle over maxi-bowls etc!


No oil option:

As an alternative to butter you can add a tsp of Butter Flavor.

Expert Tip:

Another fun way to add even more flavor to this nacho cheese sauce is to add a small (10 oz.) can of diced tomatoes with green chilis (Rotel) towards the end of the thickening process!  Talk about a yummy nacho cheese dip!  It's absolutely irresistible!

How to Re-Heat this Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce:

Re-warm this nacho cheese in a saucepan on the stove over low heat, or microwave it!!  Lasts in a covered dish in the refrigerator for up to five days, and freezes well for up to 4 months!


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg